Amigos Mexican Cocina opens in St. Elmo

Photo by Dave Flessner / The Amigos Mexican Cocina restaurant in St. Elmo had a soft opening on Monday and on Thursday the new eatery gained approval to sell beer from the Chattanooga Beer & Wrecker Board. The new restaurant at 3812 Tennessee Avenue will be the fourth Amigos Mexican Cocina location in the Chattanooga area.

Aberlardo "A.J." Antuna said he had two reasons why he chose to open a fourth Amigos Mexican Cocina restaurant in the St. Elmo area.

"We noticed that the area was losing some of its restaurants (including Mojo Burrito,) and people there asked us to come," he said following the Thursday meeting of the Chattanooga Beer & Wrecker Board. The board approved his application to sell beer and Antuna told the board he planned to get his liquor license soon, "because while we are a family-style restaurant, the community demanded we have beer and alcohol."

The full-service Mexican restaurant also has units in Red Bank at 1906 Dayton Blvd, in Island Cove at 6830 Flamingo Lane in Harrison, and at the Peerless Mill at 501 McFarland Ave in Rossville, Georgia.

Antuna said though he was formerly affiliated with the local Amigo Mexican Restaurant chain owned by his uncle, his Amigos Mexican Cocina restaurants are a separate business.